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Political progress on Trump’s agenda

Donald Trump, in a radio interview Tuesday, called former President George W. Bush's decision not to vote for him "sad."

Obamacare:

Since 2009, repealing former President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan has become a Republican Party campaign staple. Senators like Marco Rubio were elected to the Senate in 2010 centered on the promise of repealing “Obamacare.” However, for the last seven to eight years, the GOP has failed at its attempts to repeal one of Obama’s most recognizable pieces of legislation.

The lack of action has led President Donald Trump to grow increasingly frustrated with the bill’s inability to pass through the Senate.

“I will be very angry about it and a lot of people will be very upset,” Trump told Pat Robertson of CBN in late July. “But I’m sitting waiting for that bill to come to my desk. I hope that they do it. They’ve been promising it for years.”

Mo Brooks, Alabama Rep., became so frustrated with it all, he submitted a one-sentence bill to repeal Obamacare.

However, a full repeal and replacement remains on Trump’s priority list.

Trump-Russia Scandal:

After one full year of the FBI, CIA, NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence investigating Trump’s possible ties to Russia, most Americans have lost interest due to lack of evidence.

Trump’s first director of national security, Michael Flynn, was fired early in the presidency due to allegations about his ties to Russia.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also accused of having ties with Russia when he personally met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak multiple times in 2016. Although Sessions did not originally disclose the meetings, investigations were unable to prove what was discussed.

Additionally, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, along with Rep. Maxine Waters have all confirmed that there is no evidence to any sort of collusion with Russia.

Afghanistan:

On Monday Aug. 20, President Trump announced his plan to claim victory in the 16-year war in Afghanistan. In a nationally broadcasted address from Virginia, Trump clarified that the United States will not be “nation-building” but rather “killing terrorists.”

One of the military tactics Trump reiterated in many speeches was echoed in the Afghanistan speech. Trump will not publicize the amount of troop levels going back into Afghanistan, but has given the Pentagon the authority to regulate troop numbers.

“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities,” said Trump. “Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out.”

Trump also called upon surrounding countries to assist the effort in eliminating the terrorists. While Pakistan is known for harboring terrorist cells, Trump encouraged the Pakistani government to reconsider their choices.

“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting,” said Trump. “But that will have to change.”

Trump called on India to do more to assist in fighting in the war. India has already spent billions of dollars on aid and progress in Afghanistan.

Currently, there are approximately 8,000 American troops assisting 13,000 Afghan troops to combat the Taliban and Islamic State in Khorasan, the Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot, according to the Associated Press.